As a parent, this is nightmare fuel. And after everything that's happened in Orlando this week...
Here's the story, breaking now from the Orlando Sentinel.
Update: The Grand Floridian was showing a movie on the beach tonight, and it appears that the toddler and its family were watching the movie when the attack happened. Various eyewitnesses quoted on Twitter reported seeing a 7-foot gator.
Update 2: At a 1am (ET) press conference, the Orange County (FL) Sheriff said that 50 law enforcement personnel were on the scene, looking for the 2-year-old boy from Nebraska, who had not yet been recovered. He said that multiple witnesses saw the incident and that the parents entered the water trying to rescue their child, who had been playing at the edge of the water.
Update 3 (Wed. morning): Still no sign of the child, although authorities have found four gators so far. Ferry service to and from the Magic Kingdom has been suspended for the duration of the search.
Update 4: We've added to our theme park safety tips: How to stay safe in a theme park: Respect the local wildlife. People from outside Florida don't know the risks associated with gators. So we're going to try to spread the word.
Update 5: Authorities have recovered the body of the boy, now identified as Lane Graves, the son of Matt and Melissa Graves of Elkhorn, Neb. We send all of our condolences to the family.
Walt Disney World President George A. Kalogridis issued this statement: "There are no words to convey the profound sorrow we feel for the family and their unimaginable loss. We are devastated and heartbroken by this tragic accident and are doing what we can to help them during this difficult time.
"On behalf of everyone at Disney, we offer them our deepest sympathy."Tweet
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